Opie & Anthony In Trouble Again

Owners of surviving horses in Portage County try to nurture animals back to health.
Created: 1/11/2008 6:25:43 PM
Updated:1/12/2008 9:00:38 AM

BRIMFIELD -- Many viewers were shocked and outraged last night by our report, about horses starved to death in Portage County.
An 8-year-old mare named Bonnie-Jo should be in her prime now. Instead her thick winter coat can't cover up the protruding bones under her skin.

As she munches on hay in a warm barn, a girl, 13-year-old Lindsey Call, kisses her and says, "I love you Bonnie-Jo."

After last year's county fairs and riding season, Lindsey's family decided to board Bonnie-Jo and other horses strong enough to win prizes. They chose Never Rest Ranch in Brimfield Township.

The family says regular phone calls were made to the ranch, and they were told all the horses were fine, but three of their horses starved to death.

Brimfield police and the Portage County Animal Protective League say they found a total of five dead horses on the farm. They are considering cruelty charges against the owner.

Of the 20 horses found alive, four have been taken to foster homes.

Two, named Opie and Anthony are at the Geauga County Humane shelter.

The Portage County Animal Protective League is asking for donations of quality hay or money to pay veterinarians for the 4 horses that are in foster homes.

Donations can be sent to the APL at P.O. box 927, Ravenna, OH 44266, or call 330-296-4022.

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